'Groovy' Bagel Melt with hummus, havarti, and vegetables
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'Groovy' Bagel Melt with hummus, havarti, and vegetables

It’s Friday and I’m on vacation, which means a super short post for a super quick ‘recipe’. This sandwich comes straight from one of my favorite coffee shops in Galesburg, Illinois. I’d often meet my close friend for lunch here for our spontaneous lunch dates (one of the things I miss most after moving) and without fail, whenever they had this sandwich, I’d order it. It’s straight forward and really doesn’t require a recipe: bagel + hummus + veg + melted cheese. The original name of this sandwich is the groovy bagel melt and I decided to lean into the ‘groovy’ aspect a bit more by switching out the spinach for sprouts and by using a sprouted grain bagel (nabbed these from Trader Joe’s- so good.)

I love this sandwich because it’s filling on it’s own and keeps me full until dinner. I’m pretty loose with the ingredients and typically don’t measure, but I put some down to get you started (I tend to be a bit heavy handed on the hummus.) If you’re not a fan of so much bread, try an open-face melt with just one slice of bagel (also just as good!)

'Groovy' Bagel Melt with hummus, havarti, and vegetables

Groovy Bagel Melt

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Yield: 1 sandwich


  • 1 sprouted grain bagel
  • 2-3 tablespoons favorite hummus
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sun-dried tomatoes (packed in oil)
  • 1 ounce sliced havarti or provolone cheese
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sprouts or spinach


  1. Preheat broiler. Slice bagel in half and place under broiler just until lightly toasted (watch it carefully- this won’t take long.)
  2. Taking the bottom bagel part, spread the hummus evenly and layer on the carrots, peppers, and sun dried tomatoes. Cover with cheese and return to broiler. Bake util cheese is melted and slightly bubbling (again, keep a close eye!)
  3. Remove, add sprouts, and top with bun.